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Monday, April 1, 2019

Just another day in America. - The American Crusade by Mark Spivak

The American Crusade paints a grim and often cynical picture of America’s recent past, reflecting the attitudes, politics, and fears that shaped our nation in the new millennium. By sampling the contemporaneous French text on the Fourth Crusade, On the Conquest of Constantinople, author Mark Spivak reminds us of that ever-vital adage: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” 

Description:

Release Date: April 4th, 2019

A power-hungry vice president, a bad batch of shady intelligence, and a sinister plot to destroy Western civilization.

Just another day in America.

On May 1, 2001, a group of radical Islamic terrorists crash a Boeing 737 jet airliner into the Mall of America—and Vice President Robert Hornsby knows his moment is coming. 

The attack kills three thousand American citizens and throws an entire nation into a panic, but all Hornsby sees is an opportunity, a chance to imprint his fanatical values on the soul of the country he loves and become the most powerful vice president in American history. 

With the aid of his affable but ineffectual president; the reluctant, conscience-stricken secretary of defense; and a preening, foppish faith leader with more than a few skeletons in his closet; Hornsby declares war on terror—and anyone who stands in his way. But as media scrutiny of the administration’s actions overseas intensifies, Hornby’s one-man campaign against evil begins to unravel—with striking parallels to the thirteenth century’s doomed Fourth Crusade—and sends the nation spiraling toward another deadly tragedy. 

The American Crusade paints a grim and often cynical picture of America’s recent past, reflecting the attitudes, politics, and fears that shaped our nation in the new millennium. By sampling the contemporaneous French text on the Fourth Crusade, On the Conquest of Constantinople, author Mark Spivak reminds us of that ever-vital adage: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” 

Fans of The Castle by Jack Pinter, The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, House of Cards by Michael Dobbs, The Whistler by John Grisham, and the Aaron Sorkin–penned TV drama The West Wing will love this book.

EXCERPT

To President George Cane, the assembled group represented “the full force and moral authority of the United States of America.”

To the Reverend Sanford J. Bayer, head of the White House Office of Faith and Reconciliation (known internally as the Woofers), they symbolized “the lawful arm of God’s righteous Kingdom … preparing to strike at the heart of our enemy.”

To Salman Al-Akbar, leader of the worldwide terrorist organization Husam al Din and the reason the dignitaries were gathered at this press conference, they were “the cancerous core of modern civilization, bleeding like an ulcer that must be removed.”

They included the heads of both houses of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Directors of the FBI and CIA, most of the Cabinet, and the Chief Justice of the United States.

And to the Vice President, who had assembled this improbable group, they were the usual suspects.

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About the author:
In the realm of non-fiction, award-winning author Mark Spivak focuses on wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel. His first book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, was published by Lyons Press in 2012. He followed this with Moonshine Nation (Lyons Press, 2014), hailed as the definitive book on illegal corn whiskey in America. From 1994-1999 he was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, and was honored for excellence in wine criticism “in a graceful and approachable style.” Since 2001 he has been the Wine & Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, and contributes to a number of national magazines. He is also the holder of the Certificate and Advanced Diplomas from the Court of Master Sommeliers.


Mark’s first novel, Friend of the Devil, was published by Black Opal Books in May 2016. Set in Palm Beach in 1990, it tells the story of America’s most famous chef, who has sold his soul to the Devil for fame and fortune. 


Mark also has an endless fascination with the American political system and is an avid follower of Washington politics. His second novel, The American Crusade (a gripping political thriller set during the invasion of Iraq, which dips into the shadowy world of government conspiracy and political sabotage), will be released by TCK Publishing on April 4. He is currently at work on Impeachment, the sequel to The American Crusade.

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19 comments:

Mark Spivak said...

Good morning and welcome to the readers of the Mythical Books Blog! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I look forward to meeting you, reading your comments and answering any questions you may have.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds like a great book.

Nancy P said...

Amazing cover

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like an interesting book, thanks for sharing!

katieoscarlet said...

I think this sounds like a fantastic read. Looking forward to reading.

Mark Spivak said...

Thanks to everyone for their kind words. I agree totally about the cover, but can't take any credit for it: the publisher designed it, and they did an amazing job.

Joseph Wallace said...

Which book have you read the most times? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Mark Spivak said...

Probably a tie between Moby Dick and Huck Finn (Hemingway said he thought Huck Finn was the best American novel ever written). But I have a degree in literature, so I lean toward classics rather than current fiction.

Wendy Hutton said...

thanks the excerpt sounds very interesting

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds great.

Bea LaRocca said...

This sounds like a fantastic read. I am looking forward to release day.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a really fantastic read.

Marisela Zuniga said...

This sounds like a really good book to read

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Bridgett Wilbur said...

I would love to read your book.